Books with Endorsements from Randy

 

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Abortion: A Rational Look At an Emotional Issue

Abortion: A Rational Look At an Emotional Issue, Twentieth Anniversary Edition

by R. C. Sproul

When I read R. C. Sproul’s book on abortion twenty years ago I was still a pastor. I recall how grateful I was that a respected theologian had spoken out so clearly on the critical issue of abortion. At the time, such voices were few and far between, with many evangelical theologians seemingly silent about the plight of unborn children. Sproul’s logic is sharp and penetrating, and his reliance on biblical authority is refreshing. The appendix, in which Dr. Jerome Lejeune offers courtroom testimony, is a great bonus. I’m happy to recommend the re-release of Dr. Sproul’s book on this vital subject, and I pray God will use it to enlighten many new readers.

 

Ain't No River

 

Ain’t No River

by Sharon Ewell Foster

I love Sharon Foster, and I enjoy reading what she writes. Ain’t No River is a story with texture and substance, immersing us in a drama with heart-touching characters, conflicts and resolutions. You’ll also find Someone behind the scenes accomplishing his larger purposes. For many readers this book will be a cross-cultural experience—and often our most rewarding experiences are cross-cultural. I’m delighted to recommend this book.

 

A Moment of Weakness

 

A Moment of Weakness, Forever Faithful Series #2

by Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury has written a heart-gripping love story. A Moment of Weakness demonstrates the devastating consequences of wrong choices, and the long shadows deception casts over the lives of God’s children. It also shows the even longer reach of God’s providence, grace and forgiveness.

  

Atlantyx

 

Atlantyx: It Begins As a Game...And Ends As a Battle for Your Soul

by Chase Dalton

Atlantyx captured me from the start. Imaginative and mysterious, it portrays the yearnings of the heart for a greater reality-and the vulnerability of the heart to false realities. It’s a captivating story.

 

 Beautiful Nate
Beautiful Nate: A Memoir of a Family’s Love, a Life Lost and Eternal Promises

by Dennis Mansfield

Dennis Mansfield tells a poignant heart-rending story of a Christian family where everything was supposed to turn out alright, but didn’t. This is the true account of a beloved son’s wayward choices and the devastating effects on his family. Dennis’s honest soul-searching narrative serves to challenge some of the unrealistic expectations and false promises of formula-driven performance Christianity. Some will find comfort and camaraderie in discovering they are not the only ones who’ve read the books and heard the sermons and tried their best to “do it right,” only to find that family life in this world under the curse is not as simple or predictable as believers sometimes pretend. Yet there remains a hopeful note throughout—a redemptive God whose story is not done.


The  Begotten

 

The Begotten, Gifted Series #1

by Lisa T. Bergren

Lisa Bergren’s The Begotten is a rich and carefully crafted medieval mystery, reflecting extensive research. I felt transported to another time and place, ushered into a fascinating world. Lisa tells a compelling story, and tells it extremely well.

 

 

The Book of GodThe Book of God: How We Got the Bible

by Ben Avery

Ben Avery has written a fascinating story of how the Bible we hold in our hands came into being. Javier Saltares has illustrated it with art that ranges from beautiful to breathtaking. I read a lot of big books and deep theology, but I was raised on comic books and I love an interesting and visually striking graphic novel. For this work of nonfiction to be so well researched and so magnificently illustrated is a marvelous combination. Though I’ve read several books on how we got our Bible, I learned a lot more in The Book of God, and had fun in the process. This book will reach an audience that would never read the same information in a conventional volume. I predict a higher level of reader involvement, inspiration and retention due to the combination of engaging text and stunning artwork. Congratulations to Ben, Javier and Kingstone Media on this terrific achievement. I look forward to reading more books of this kind.

The Breaking Point

 

The Breaking Point

by Karen Ball

The Breaking Point is compelling and strikingly honest. This story touches the heart and gives hope for struggling marriages. Karen Ball writes with clarity, depth, and power.

 

 

Bryson City Tales

 

Bryson City Tales

by Dr. Walt Larimore

With homespun warmth, my friend Dr. Walt Larimore tells stories that integrate the science and art of medicine. Walt is a brilliant life-long learner who is patient-centered. Bryson City Tales portrays medical practice as something deeply personal, relational and spiritual.

 

 

Bulletproof

Bulletproof: The Making of an Invincible Mind

by Chuck Holton

My friend Chuck Holton is a man of character and perspective. He writes skillfully and with faith-grounded insight. We live in a time when courage is often celebrated but seldom practiced. What we need is to learn to trust Christ for our immediate futures as much as we must trust Him for our eternal futures. I pray God will use Chuck’s book to release people from their fears and light a fire of Christian courage.

 

 

Called to Stay
Called to Stay

by Caleb Breakey

It’s a rare book that is biblical, strategic, timely, well written and persuasive all at the same time. Called to Stay is such a book. We all wish our churches were better, but many Christians have become hypercritical and intolerant of the body of Christ. It’s always easier to point out the problems and walk away rather than stay and humbly serve as part of the solution.  I’m delighted Caleb Breakey has written this book, and I highly recommend it to young and old alike.

 

The Case for  Life


The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture

by Scott Klusendorf

Scott Klusendorf has produced a marvelous resource that will equip pro-lifers to communicate more creatively and effectively as they engage our culture. The Case for Life is well-researched, well-written, logical, and clear, containing many pithy and memorable statements. Those already prolife will be equipped, those on the fence will likely be persuaded. Readers looking to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves will find much here to say. I highly recommend this book.

 

  The Christian Imagination
The Christian Imagination : The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing

by Leland Ryken (Editor)

This is an extraordinary treasure of thought-provoking reflections, by many of my favorite authors (including Lewis, Tolkien, and Chesterton). The sections on “Imagination, Beauty and Creativity” and “Myth and Fantasy” were particularly rich, at times enchanting. “In Praise of Stories” was one of many intriguing articles I intend to go back to. I would read one or two of these delicacies, then force myself to put the book down, to contemplate what I’d read, yes, but also to ration out the precious remains. Whether you restrain your appetite and consume it over weeks or months, or gorge yourself in a day or two, you’ll find this a literary feast, to be read with pen or highlighter in hand. It’s also a bargain, since there are a dozen articles easily worth the price of the book. The Christian Imagination should not be resigned to literature classes. It deserves a place in homes that love, or want to love, great books, and long to enter worlds that lead to The World. If your imagination has gotten too wet to burn, this book is a flame-thrower.

Christ Our Mediator


Christ Our Mediator

by C. J. Mahaney

Christ our Mediator is a much-needed correction to this culture of entitlement. It should astound us that Jesus went to hell on the cross so we’ll never get what we deserve. We’ve grown too accustomed to grace-we need to be floored by it. C. J. Mahaney gives us a fresh look at our Lord and His cross. I was drawn closer to Jesus through this book-what higher complement could I offer?

  

Clear Winter Nights


Clear Winter Nights

by Trevin Wax

Trevin Wax’s Clear Winter Nights is an engaging story about something fresh and vital—the old kind of Christian, transformed by Christ, doing battle with sin, relying on Jesus day after day. The book raises honest questions and offers honest answers, based on what’s rock solid, not our culture’s ever-shifting worldview. I enjoyed the moving relationship between a young man and an old one, with history, heritage, mentoring and friendship. I found Clear Winter Nights to be warm, compelling and thought-provoking.

 

Creation  Regained

Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview, 2nd edition

by Al Wolters

Several years ago, while researching the New Earth for my book Heaven, I stumbled online upon Creation Regained. I ordered it based on its title alone (which often proves to be a big mistake). From its opening chapter on worldview, I knew I had discovered a treasure. As I read what Al Wolters had to say about creation, fall and redemption, I found myself repeatedly exclaiming “Yes!”

Until then, I had read only a few other books that resonated with the vast redemptive scope of Matthew 19:28, Acts 3:21, Romans 8:18-23, and other Scriptures. Regrettably, I have seen few since. For too long we have reduced and distorted the gospel to the snatching of souls from earth to a distant and intangible realm suitable for angels, not people. Yet the Bible shows that in His unfolding drama of redemption, God is at work to reclaim not just our souls, but our bodies, and not just our bodies, but the Earth from which that first human body was made, and over which God purposed us to reign.

Al Wolters concisely and persuasively demonstrates that God’s plan for righteous humanity to live on and reign over an uncursed earth was not thwarted by Satan or by man’s sin. (How small a God he would be if that were the case.) He never revoked or abandoned his original great commission for us to rule a good earth to his glory. The last chapters of the Bible promise that God’s original design revealed in the first chapters, greatly enhanced and magnified through Christ’s work, will indeed be fulfilled on a New Earth. Having fallen on mankind’s coat-tails, the earth will rise on our coat-tails, so that resurrected humanity will occupy and rule a resurrected Earth. This is the full gospel of the kingdom, and it is one that is vital to a biblical worldview. It alone explains the Bible’s description of Christians as those who are “looking forward to a new heaven and new earth.”

Creation Regained is biblically and philosophically sound, and offers an understanding that is both refreshing and satisfying. It will be for many a paradigm shifting perspective, one desperately needed by today’s churches and families. The penetrating insights Al Wolters brings will help us to stop redefining the gospel in narrow and shallow and individualistic terminology and assumptions which discredit the breadth and depth of God’s redemptive plan. Readers of this book will celebrate a central and liberating truth that has become tragically obscure: God has no more given up on the rest of his creation than he has given up on us.

The new Postscript to Creation Regained brings together and clarifies key elements of this vital discussion. It’s an insightful and welcome addition to the book. Regardless of your theological leanings, you have much to gain from reading this great book. I highly recommend it.

 The Cross-Centered Life

 The Cross-Centered Life

by C. J. Mahaney

My friend C. J. Mahaney has a passion for Jesus and his people. He lives the cross-centered life, and is therefore qualified to talk about it. Let C. J. walk you through the transforming power of the gospel. You’ll be refreshed, deeply thankful for God’s grace.

 

 

The  Dangerous Duty of Delight

The Dangerous Duty of Delight

by John Piper

For years I’ve pointed people to John Piper’s classic Desiring God, which is high on my list of all time favorite books. A year ago I told a friend that I’d love to see a “mini-Desiring God,” a short but sweet version of John’s message on joy and desire, which has touched so many lives, including mine. The Dangerous Duty of Delight is more than I asked for. Dynamic, joyful and lifechanging, this message is biblical, Christ-centered and desperately needed in the church today. I read the book last week and have already given away copies to family and friends.

 

The Darwin  Conspiracy


The Darwin Conspiracy

by James Scott Bell

Jim Bell has written a clever story, full of historical and scientific insights, blended with creative whimsy. The Darwin Conspiracy is ingenious and engaging.

 

 

 The Day God Flipped My Switch

The Day God Flipped My Switch

by Ron Benrey

I really enjoyed this book, because I love surprising conversions! Ron—a “late-blooming Christian”—spent more than 50 years as a non-believer. The way God stepped into Ron’s life and did His work of grace was beautiful. Although I disagree with Ron on the significant issues of biblical inerrancy and macroevolution, I found the genuineness of his conversion to Christ, and the fresh, unique well-told story very touching.

 

 

The Debt


The Debt, Women of Faith Series #8

by Angela Elwell Hunt

The Debt is a powerful story, captivating and superbly written. I couldn’t put it down. Angela Hunt touched my heart. When I finished, I thanked Jesus for speaking to me. That’s the highest compliment I can pay any book.

 

 

Diary of a Teenage Girl


Diary of a Teenage Girl Series, Volumes 1-3

by Melody Carlson

In Diary of a Teenage Girl, Melody Carlson captures the voice of teens today in a character we can all relate to. This book sends the message every parent, youth pastor and wise student wants to share. The unique peer perspective makes it very effective. Integrating the crucial message of the gospel, it forces us to weigh issues. It causes us to look at a young person (in reality ourselves) objectively. It challenges, convicts, and leaves us with hope for the future. I highly recommend this book.

 

Did I Kiss  Marriage Goodbye?

 

Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye?: Trusting God with a Hope Deferred

by Carolyn McCulley

Carolyn McCulley has written a remarkable book, biblically-saturated and Christ-exalting. Her words are wise, encouraging, personal and much-needed. I highly recommend Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye?

 

 

 

Directed Verdict

Directed Verdict

by Randy D. Singer

Directed Verdict is a well-crafted courtroom drama with strong characters, surprising twists, and a compelling theme: international accountability for religious persecution. Randy Singer’s novel is engaging, memorable, and highly significant.

 

 

 The Duet

The Duet

by Robert Elmer

Robert Elmer’s The Duet is a charming love story in which backgrounds and traditions clash. If you love music, nostalgia or a rural setting, this heartwarming novel is for you.

 

 

 

Do Hard  ThingsDo Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations

by Alex and Brett Harris

Do Hard Things is an extraordinary book. In fact, I believe it will prove to be one of the most life-changing, family-changing, church-changing and culture-changing books of this generation.

I know and respect the authors and their family. Alex and Brett Harris are the real deal, Christ-centered young men of character and vision, committed to serving Jesus with humility and excellence. In this God-anointed book, they communicate an exciting and paradigm-shifting vision for teenagers, emphasizing joyful self-discipline, collaboration and service.

This sounds more radical than it should because we’ve failed our young people by lowering our expectations and enabling them to lower theirs. But raising expectations and following Christ wholeheartedly is a refreshing and long-overdue message countless teenagers are longing for and will gladly embrace. As a volunteer high school coach, I spend lots of time with teenagers and I plan to give them Do Hard Things.

I read countless books but this is one of the most unique, defining and important ones I’ve ever seen. It is paradigm-shifting, revolutionary, liberating and hope-instilling. Not only the insights and principles, but the stories of young people cheerfully doing hard things will capture your imagination. While I’d love for every teenager to read Do Hard Things, I’m just as eager for every parent, church leader and educator to read it.

God spoke to me and encouraged and challenged me through Do Hard Things. If you do the hard thing of saying no to distractions and yes to this remarkable book, I guarantee you’ll be richly rewarded.

 

Dying to Give 

Dying to Give

by Chris McDaniel

We are in desperate need of clearer models of giving, and the exercise of the gift of giving, as well as conscious efforts to give more and more wisely.

 

 

The Emerging Brave New World


The Emerging Brave New World: Restoring The Sanctity of Life Ethic in American Culture

by Thomas Glessner

Tom Glessner has written a thoughtful and persuasive analysis of the history of abortion-related political and judicial developments in America. It’s a clear and important explanation of how our country arrived where we are, and an inspiring call to move where we need to go. I applaud the challenge to Christian churches to rise and speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. 

 

 Facebook Jesus

by Jeremy Kingsley

I like Jeremy Kingsley, and I like Facebook Jesus. It’s a call to discipleship drawing from the biblical stories of God’s followers. I pray this book will convince many to publicly declare that Jesus is their Lord, and privately live out that declaration in humble service.

 

The Family Life BibleFaithlife Study Bible

The Faithlife Study Bible is a remarkable resource that allows you to probe deeply yet move quickly. You can glide effortlessly from passage to passage with insightful commentary, or view cross-references without leaving the Scripture you’re studying. Read through the Bible in a year, and dig in wherever you want with the Faithlife Study Bible. Incredible!

 

Feel

 

 Feel: The Power of Listening to Your Heart

by Matthew Elliott

Feel is an engaging book that’s potentially liberating. God made emotions and Jesus expressed them; they need to be reclaimed and redeemed, not ignored or abandoned. Matthew Elliott does a service to the church through this thoughtful work.

 

 

The Fifth  Man

 

The Fifth Man

by John B. Olson & Randall Ingermanson

The Fifth Man is good science and good fiction. It’s true to the details but is never sidetracked by them. Olson and Ingermanson deliver an entertaining futuristic story, with action, romance, and surprising twists.

 

Fingerprints of God


Fingerprints of God: Recognizing God's Touch in Your Life
 

by Jennifer Rothschild

Perceptive and wise, Jennifer Rothschild writes from the heart, with warmth and sensitivity. Reading When Nothing Else Will Do, I felt like I was sitting across the table from her. Jennifer loves Jesus and will help you love Him too.

 

Forever by Paul David Tripp


Forever: Why You Can't Live Without It

by Paul David Tripp

Paul David Tripp is one of the wisest and most quotable writers anywhere. In Forever, he brilliantly addresses our crying need for an eternal perspective. This book is superbly written and breathtakingly on target. I found myself exclaiming “yes” over and over, about every other page. Read this book, and live what this book teaches, for God’s glory and for your good—and that of everyone you influence.

 

 Voice of the   Martyrs

Foxe's Book of Martyrs

by John Foxe

As a new Christian, a teenager, in 1969 I read Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. Those powerful stories ignited me, raised the bar of my commitment to Christ, and gave me a love for persecuted Christians. I pray this wonderful book from Voice of the Martyrs will do the same for countless readers. Hebrews 11 is still being written throughout the world—may we learn from those stories. And, empowered by Christ, may we live in such a way that our own stories might one day be worth telling.

 

Freedom Seekers


Freedom Seekers

by Lois Walfrid Johnson

Lois Walfrid Johnson writes stories kids love. When they were young, my daughters read her Freedom Seekers books, and really enjoyed them. These are stories that not only entertain, but call children to conviction, courage and Christ-centered living. I highly recommend Lois and these excellent books.

 

 

Giving  Wisely

Giving Wisely? Killing with Kindness or Empowering Lasting Transformation?

by Jonathan Martin

Jonathan Martin’s book Giving Wisely? is a significant contribution to the body of Christ, raising important questions that demand good answers. We need to give more generously and more strategically at the same time, being careful not to harm the very people we want to help. As a former missionary and missions pastor at my home church, I have seen Jonathan bring rich experience and passion to this subject. He offers guidelines that alert and encourage us toward giving that will have a lasting impact. I commend Jonathan for his transparency about his own growth in this area, and his heart to encourage individuals and organizations to give more, but at the same time give more wisely.

 

Grace Matters

 

Grace Matters: A Memoir of Faith, Friendship, and Hope in the Heart of the South

by Chris P. Rice

Straightforward, pulling no punches, Grace Matters is an absorbing account of whites and blacks living, learning, fighting and healing together. Chris Rice’s story reveals the costs and payoffs of true racial reconciliation—the kind that requires more than words.

 

Grace: Moe Than We Deserve, Better Than We Imagine
Grace: More Than We Deserve, Better Than We Imagine

by Max Lucado

Few writers are better than Max Lucado, no subject is better than God’s grace. I found Grace: More Than We Deserve, Better than We Imagine, to be exceptionally honest, captivating, and life-giving. God used this book to speak to me in a soul-stirring and Christ-exalting way. I love Max Lucado as a brother, and I love this book.

 

 

The Great  Divide

 
The Great Divide

by T. Davis Bunn

T. Davis Bunn kept me up past 1:00 AM two nights in a row. I don’t regret the lost sleep for a moment! The Great Divide is a gripping courtroom drama, raising concerns of immense importance. It held me right to the end.

 

 

Halfway to Forever

 

 Halfway to Forever, Forever Faithful Series #3

by Karen Kingsbury

Halfway to Forever has believable characters you care about. You’ll feel their tension, heartbreak and joy. Karen Kingsbury sweeps readers right in. She really knows how to tell a story.

 

 

The Happy Room

 

The Happy Room

by Catherine Palmer

Catherine Palmer’s The Happy Room is both a moving story and a captivating portrayal of family dynamics. This novel has the ring of truth. Read it because it’s a fascinating story, but also because you’ll walk away with a deeper understanding of the lasting memories of childhood, and the expectations, hurts and joys of family life.

 

Haunted    Waters

 
Haunted Waters

by Jerry B. Jenkins & Chris Fabry

Haunted Waters is snappy, fast-paced and fun. Jerry Jenkins and Chris Fabry have created interesting characters you’ll want to spend time with. This story pulls you in, and opens a window on family relationships. To top it off, the ending is a real grabber. This is a highly enjoyable book!

 

 

Healer


Healer, Scottish Brides of Alba Series #1

by Linda Windsor

In Healer, Scottish Brides of Alba Series #1, Linda Windsor combines a knack for thorough research and the skill to draw from it judiciously in telling an engaging story. She weaves together a rich and detailed tapestry of sixth century life in Scotland. Her notes about Arthurian characters, the Grail Palace, and the bibliography are well worth reading. Linda has done her homework and written a fine story.

 

 

The Heavens: Intimate Moments with Your Majestic God

The Heavens: Intimate Moments with Your Majestic God

by Kevin Hartnett

Kevin Hartnett and I share a lifelong love for astronomy. Kevin is not only an accomplished amateur astronomer and astro-photographer, but also works for NASA on the Hubble Space Telescope project, and is an outstanding poet. Above all he is a God-worshipper. Kevin has produced a beautiful and inspiring book, filled with a sense of awe and wonder that deeply honors God. It leads the heart to praise and worship. I am happy to recommend The Heavens: Intimate Moments with Your Majestic God, which will be of great interest and spiritual encouragement to many.

 

Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt Is Not the Enemy of Faith

by Barnabas Piper

Barnabas Piper's Help My Unbelief is an honest, self-revealing and engaging treatment of an important subject. This winsome and well-reasoned book avoids clichés and easy, superficial answers. It will benefit many—including those who doubt, those who "sort of" believe, and those who believe, yet long to do so more completely.

 

The Hole in Our HolinessThe Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap Between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness

by Kevin DeYoung

Holiness was once a central component of following Christ. But for many today, the Christian life is little more than a celebration of cheap grace and pseudo-liberty, with a high tolerance for sin. In this well-written and much-needed book, Kevin DeYoung thoughtfully points us to an unpopular yet strangely liberating truth—that God is holy and expects us to be holy. With no hint of legalism or drudgery, Kevin offers a balanced and engaging view of law and grace. His forty ways the Bible encourages us to pursue holiness is gold. So is his treatment of godly grief. DeYoung attaches a biblical meaning to “be who you are,” articulating what Christians once knew: it is truly possible, by our Lord’s gracious empowerment, to please Him and hear Him say “Well done.” We really can live righteously, in keeping with our identity in Christ. In an age when the Creator is being repackaged as a single attribute God—all  love and no holiness—this convicting yet hopeful book persuasively  reorients us  to an ancient calling: “Be holy, for I, the LORD your God, am holy.” Kevin DeYoung is one of my favorite writers, and this book demonstrates why. I repeatedly said “Yes!” as I turned these pages. I’m convinced that Christ-followers desperately need to read, discuss and live out the timely God-exalting message of The Hole in our Holiness!

 Holy Is The Day

Holy Is the Day

by Carolyn Weber

Carolyn Weber lives gracefully and writes elegantly. Her poetic eyes search beneath the surface, unearthing delightful insights missed by those in a hurry. Holy is the Day is a call to see God and latch onto Him, so He takes us through the day as He envisions it. This is a beautiful book that spoke to my heart and changed my day. 

 

Humility:  True Greatness


Humility: True Greatness

by C. J. Mahaney

My friend C. J. Mahaney tackles a subject of immense importance. Since God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble, what could be more important than understanding and developing true humility, as a lightning rod for grace? C. J.’s book is biblical, honest and full of helpful insights. We need less egomania and more humility and servanthood in our churches today. May God use this book to remind us that “only the humble are sane.”

 

In Pursuit of C. S. Lewis

by Ed Brown

Knowing Ed Brown as a friend and C. S. Lewis collector didn’t prepare me for how much I would enjoy these inside stories. Ed’s search for Lewis first editions hasn’t merely turned up books, but missing pieces in Lewis’s life, including relationships and events that are pleasant, surprising and enlightening. I thought I’d read nearly everything about Lewis, but this fascinating account kept me up way past midnight. Just when I wondered if it could be done, Ed Brown has brought us something about C. S. Lewis that is truly fresh, unique and engaging.

 

Investing With Integrity

by Loran Graham

I believe in Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI). If my money is really God’s money, and if God is good and holy, shouldn’t I invest his money in companies that offer others a good service or product? Shouldn’t I avoid investing in businesses that take advantage of human weaknesses by tempting people to sin, self-destruction and disintegration of the family? In Investing with Integrity, Loran Graham has put together a clear, engaging and persuasive case for BRI. I encourage you to look at it carefully and to ask God what he wants you to do with his money He has entrusted to your care.

 

The Invisible GirlsThe Invisible Girls

by Sara Thebarge

I love Sarah Thebarge. And I love The Invisible Girls. I found this book honest, enlightening, heart-touching and, at just the right times, funny. Sarah’s expertly-crafted sentences sing and sometimes sting, flowing smoothly, then suddenly jumping off the page. The interweaving of her story with that of a Somali mother and daughters is masterful. This isn’t the American dream. It’s a vibrant and authentic story of loss, disenchantment, discovery, and a reawakening of faith and hope.

 

The Invitation

 

The Invitation

by Ron DiCianni

With simple elegance Ron DiCianni conveys the greatest offer ever made. Ron’s art and words—extensions of his life—powerfully capture the King’s startling invitation to come join him at his palace grounds for the celebration that will never end.

 

 Joni and Ken

Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story

by Ken Tada, Joni Eareckson Tada, Larry Libby

Joni and Ken is an engaging, eye-opening and heart-touching love story that cried out to be told. It’s rendered with Christ-honoring power, beauty and insight. Nanci and I love Joni and Ken. We’ll never forget an evening we spent in their home. I knew Joni better than Ken, and one of the highlights that night was really getting to know him, seeing his character, quick wit and laughter, and watching him enjoy his wife. I love everything I’ve read by Joni, but this book is unique, containing much that was new to me. Larry Libby has helped Ken and Joni tell two stories, masterfully weaving them into one. The movements back and forth in time and space are seamless, unfolding the story with great skill and resonance. This book is honest, penetrating, at times riveting, and ultimately transcendent. I’m happy to give it a most enthusiastic recommendation!

 

Kingdom Gains

 Kingdom Gains

by Dwight Short

Kingdom Gains raises important issues that Christians should address. God cannot be pleased when we invest his money into companies whose products and services dishonor him and hurt others. It’s time to take seriously what it means to be biblically responsible investors. I am grateful that Dwight Short has done his homework and offered us much-needed wisdom.

 


Light On the FringeLight on the Fringe: Finding Hope in the Darkness of Depression

by Gary Lovejoy and Greg Knopf

My friends Gary Lovejoy and Greg Knopf have written a fresh and insightful book on a vitally important subject. They view depression as an alarm system that alerts us to issues we should address as interdependent people who need God and each other. Having finished Light on the Fringe, I am left appreciating their handling of true and false guilt, the need for authenticity, how depression has been stereotyped, and their thoughtful depiction of biblical characters who faced depression. I found this book warm, helpful, biblically solid, and full of hope.

 

Listen

 

Listen

by Rene Gutteridge

From its captivating prologue to its powerful ending, my friend Rene Gutteridge has written an engaging and memorable story. In addition, Listen concerns a theme of immeasurable importance to us all. Don’t miss it!

 

 

Lists to Live By For Smart Living

 Lists to Live By For Smart Living

Compiled by Alice Gray, Dr. Steve Stephens, & John Van Diest

This book offers concise, perspective—giving and soul-feeding insights. In a format that makes for quick reading, it takes us to God’s Word, which has a power to change us that no other words have.

 

Lit! A Christian Guide To Reading BooksLit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books

by Tony Reinke

I read many books, but seldom do I enjoy one more than I did Tony Reinke's A Christian Guide to Reading Books. Many of my greatest childhood adventures, and much of my growth after I was converted as a teenager, came through reading imagination-expanding and life-changing books. Tony's writing is thoughtful, perceptive, concise, and God-honoring. He honors biblical authority, and offers helpful guidance, while allowing for a variety of tastes. A Christian Guide to Reading Books rings true to my own lifetime of reading experience. As a reader and writer of both nonfiction and fiction, I appreciate the breadth of Tony's treatment, which includes a variety of genres. For book lovers, this is a treasure and delight. For those who aren't book lovers, it makes a great case for becoming one.

 

Live Like A Narnian


Live Like A Narnian: Christian Discipleship in Lewis's Chronicles

by Joe Rigney

As a long-time lover of C. S. Lewis and the world of Narnia, I have read countless books about both. Joe Rigney’s Live Like a Narnian is one of the best. It overflows with an authentic sense of Narnian brightness, wisdom and wonder. Rigney seems equally at home with Lewis’s fiction and nonfiction. He draws them together beautifully, with truth and imagination. I highly recommend this delightful book!

 

 

Lose Your CoolLose Your Cool: Discovering a Passion That Changes You and the World

by Zach Hunter

I love Zach Hunter’s heart, and I love Lose Your Cool. Couldn’t put it down. Too often we either lack passion or get passionate about what doesn’t matter. Zach’s outstanding book is about people with passion that matters, passion for Jesus that shows itself in helping those who need it most. May God use Lose Your Cool to touch young and old alike and radicalize our lives. May following Jesus no longer be a buzzword, but an adventurous life of joyful dependence on the God whose heart was broken and whose hands were forever scarred by His love for us and for this desperate world. 

 The Lost Virtue of Happiness

 The Lost Virtue of Happiness: Discovering the Disciplines of the Good Life  

by J. P. Moreland and Klaus Issler

J. P. Moreland and Klaus Issler’s The Lost Virtue of Happiness is a rare book. It manages to be biblical, deep, understandable, engaging and practical all at the same time. As few books are, this one is worth contemplating, discussing and putting into practice. I highly recommend it for personal and group study.

 

 

 Master  Your Money

 

The New Master Your Money: A Step-by-Step Plan for Gaining and Enjoying Financial Freedom

by Ronald Blue

I know Ron Blue to be a man who loves Jesus and desires to serve people. Ron’s wise, and he has a heart for what stirs God’s heart. Readers will find much to learn and benefit from in Master Your Money.



 My Life As A  Middle-School MomMy Life as a Middle-School Mom

by Angela Elwell Hunt

Angie Hunt offers a refreshing collection of concise biblical guidelines, helpful hints, and personal encouragement for parents desiring to safely usher their children through the tween years. With children now in college, I found myself nodding my head in agreement again and again. Angie approaches parenting with a perfect blend of seriousness and lightheartedness. Sometimes we—and our children—need more of each. Jump into this fast-paced book—you’ll enjoy it.

 

 

Not By Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith

by Jon Bloom

Jon Bloom is a Christ-centered, God-worshipping, kingdom-oriented guy. And since not all writers are, those are good reasons to read this book! But it’s more than that. Jon is a gifted writer of something we need more of—truthful nonfiction full of imagination. For years I have read Jon’s Desiring God blogs, and pondered them, saving some of them to quote from in future books. I love how John repeatedly takes me back to Scripture. God says his words won’t return to us empty. He never says that about my words, yours or Jon’s. That’s why Not By Sight will endure beyond this world—it is infused with the dynamic eternal Word of God that will never die.

The Novelist

 

The Novelist

by Angela Hunt

Angie Hunt has done it again. The Novelist is unique. Innovative. Touching. Thought-provoking. Behold characters breathed into life by The Novelist...and gain a rich perspective on your own story.

 

No Wonder They Call Him the  SaviorNo Wonder They Call Him the Savior

by Max Lucado

In 1986 my publisher sent me a prelease copy of Max Lucado’s No Wonder They Call Him the Savior. The book took my breath away. Christ-centered, Bible-affirming, warm, practical and beautifully written—what more could a reader ask for? God touched my heart through that book and I knew it was something very special. In the decades since, tens of millions have discovered Max Lucado, and God has used his books to touch deeply people of many tribes, nations and languages. I celebrate Max’s 25 years of published writing. Nanci and I have seen firsthand that Max and Denalyn are the real deal. We are struck by their faithfulness, humility, servant-heartedness, integrity and love for Jesus and others. I am pleased to recommend—wholeheartedly and enthusiastically—both Max Lucado and his books! 

The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book


The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book: 101 Amazing Facts About One of the World's Greatest Action Heroes!

by Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris is a close friend who I love like a brother (and who once put a choke hold on me at my request, which I immediately regretted). I was delighted to find that The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book includes many of the great stories Chuck has told me that I wished others could hear. This book is fun, encouraging and inspirational. I thoroughly enjoyed it. So will you!

 

Once Upon A  Tree

 

Once Upon A Tree

by Calvin Miller

Calvin Miller baptized my imagination when, as a young Christian, I read his Singer trilogy. Once Upon a Tree is poetic craftsmanship infused with grace. Miller opens the window. Breathe deeply. He shines the light on Jesus. Open wide your eyes.

 

The Peacemaker Student Edition

 

The Peacemaker, Student edition

by Ken Sande and Kevin Johnson

The Peacemaker Student Edition is engaging, concise, practical, and biblically on-target. Ken Sande and Kevin Johnson have done a marvelous job with this book. It has life-changing and freedom-giving potential for young and old alike. I highly recommend it, as I do Peacemaker Ministries.

 

Poor Mrs.  Rigsby


Poor Mrs. Rigsby

by Kathy Herman

Kathy Herman has done it again. Poor Mrs. Rigsby is a well written novel, with a unique and compelling storylinee that keeps you guessing. With honesty and realism, the story powerfully illustrates the words of Jesus, “You cannot serve both God and money.”

 

 

The Power of One-on-One

The Power of One-on-One: Discovering the Joy and Satisfaction of Mentoring Others

Since this is an afterword, you may have just finished reading Jim’s book. Or you may have turned here first. If so, I enthusiastically encourage you to go back and read the book. I guarantee The Power of One-on-One: Discovering the Joy and Satisfaction of Mentoring Others is worth it!

Jim Stump is the real deal. I love who he is and what he does. Jim’s brother John is a friend, and John’s son Dan, Jim’s nephew, married my daughter Angela. I couldn’t be happier to have grandsons with the last name Stump. Jim and I don’t exchange Christmas gifts (you first, Jim), but I hear great reports about him at family gatherings.

Years ago, when I first spent time with Jim, I was struck with his genuineness. He’s all about Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, who alone can draw hearts to God.

I’ve read books about evangelism that credit a technique. Jim credits the gospel and the power of God. It’s a relief to know the work of salvation can’t be done by us. We’re “just” the messengers . . . but what a job!

I appreciate how Jim models loving people and investing in them. He doesn’t want them just to go through the motions, but to follow Christ with abandonment for a lifetime. And he’s there to help them do just that.

When it comes to sharing the gospel, Jim seems to be a natural. But this kind of “natural” is not like a fish swimming. It’s like a veteran tennis player swinging a racquet. A fish may be born swimming, but a tennis player wasn’t born holding a racquet. He was coached and corrected, and he worked hard to achieve that “natural” swing. I was encouraged to learn it was once difficult for Jim to share his faith!

I coached high school tennis for ten years. Coaches tell players to do seemingly unnatural things. Some players quickly conclude, “This doesn’t work,” and go back to their old habits. But unless they’re willing to work on the skills coaches offer, they won’t be great tennis players. It’s those willing to learn who receive huge payoffs.

Raised in an unbelieving home, I vividly remember coming to Christ as a teenager. I’ve had many experiences of sharing Jesus with people at schools, on planes, and on tennis courts. Some friends think I’m a natural-born evangelist. But I’m not! I find the hardest thing is choosing to open my mouth. Once I do, the Lord graciously gives me the words. Sharing my faith isn’t as “natural” for me as for Jim Stump, but it’s far more natural than it once was. For that I thank God.

I found The Power of One-on-One to be clear, direct, and refreshing. Reading it made me eager to be more intentional about sharing my faith and mentoring others.

As we walk away from this book, let’s not put it behind us but in front of us. Everyone we meet has exactly the same need—to know and follow Jesus Christ. He did the hard work of redemption. He calls us to do our part, one-on-one, sharing the Good News with those who desperately need him and helping them grow.

Thanks, Jim, for inspiring and coaching us to do exactly that! 

 

The Power of Words and the Wonder of God

The Power of Words and the Wonder of God

by John Piper and Justin Taylor

Given the contributors, I expected this book to be good, but it exceeds expectations. There’s no weak link.  Every chapter, including the introduction, brings a unique and vital perspective to a critical subject. It’s impossible to overstate the power and eternal impact of our spoken and written words, for good or evil. With stylistic diversity but thematic unity, these men bring a rich, biblical, Christ-centered, interesting and immensely helpful perspective.  I wholeheartedly recommend The Power of Words and the Wonder of God.

 

 

The Promise Remains

 

The Promise Remains

by Travis Thrasher

The Promise Remains is a heart-tugging tale of the longing, struggles, and commitment of young love. Ultimately, it’s also a story of the gracious providence of God. I welcome this enjoyable first novel by Travis Thrasher and am delighted to recommend it.

 

 

Rescuing Ambition


Rescuing Ambition

by Dave Harvey

Dave Harvey thinks well, writes well, tells good stories and cites people of substance and insight. I have long appreciated Dave’s integrity, wisdom and perspective. Were I not afraid of feeding his ambition for greatness, or my ambition to write a memorable endorsement, I would add that Rescuing Ambition is biblical, honest, witty and sometimes amusing. I’m happy to recommend this fine book on an important and overlooked subject.

 

 The Rest of God

The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath

by Mark Buchanan

A craftsman skilled with words, Mark Buchanan has written a penetrating book with an easy contemplative tone. This is enjoyable reading about something precious most of us have lost, and some of us have never known. I needed to sit back, relax and savor this heart-moving thought-provoking book. I suspect you do too.

 

 

 Revolution in Generosity

Revolution in Generosity: Transforming Stewards to Be Rich Toward God

by Wes Willmer

Our approach to money and possessions isn’t just important—it’s central to our spiritual lives. Our giving is a reflexive response to the grace of God in our lives. It comes out of the transforming work of Christ in us. I pray that this book will lead you to a greater understanding and appreciation of this truth.

 

 

 Rich In Every WayRich In Every Way: Everything God Says About Money And Possessions

by Dr. Gene Getz

Years after I wrote Money, Possessions & Eternity, Gene Getz sent me the original version of his biblical theology of money. Reading it cover to cover, I felt a close kinship with the author, realizing we had independently come to many of the same conclusions. When I revised my book in 2002 I included a number of citations from Dr. Getz. I’m thrilled to learn he’s now revised his own work. His biblical research is thoughtful, insightful and provocative. He deals with Scripture itself, which has a power no man’s words can equal. A veteran pastor and teacher with integrity and a vision for churches and leaders, Dr. Getz unearths from the Bible challenging perspectives vitally needed by today’s church. Students of God’s Word will welcome Dr. Getz’s careful and Christ-honoring work on this critical subject.

 

Riven

 

Riven

by Jerry Jenkins

Jerry Jenkins writes from his heart a unique and engaging story. Riven is touching and unforgettable.

 

 

The Second  Thief

 

The Second Thief

by Travis Thrasher

Travis Thrasher’s thought-provoking story will cause you to take a fresh look at the second chances we get every day. The Second Thief is well-written, moving, and full of perspective.

 

Secrets From the Treadmill

Secrets from the Treadmill: Discover God’s Rest in the Busyness of Life

by Pete Briscoe & Patty Hickman

Reading Secrets from the Treadmill did for me what the book encourages—it made me relax and reflect. I learned years ago that I have to say no to the great majority of things I’m asked to do, so I’m available to say yes to those few God wants me to do. But I need to relearn that lesson periodically, and Pete Briscoe and Patty Hickman helped me do that. Jesus calls upon us to carry our crosses, yet paradoxically promises a light burden and rest for our souls. If the burden’s usually heavy and our souls aren’t at rest...we’re missing something. This book will help you find what you’re missing.

 

Seeking Him

Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival

by Nancy Leigh DeMoss & Tim Grissom

Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Tim Grissom have produced a magnificent interactive study for those who want to go deeper with God, and experience Christ’s grace and empowerment in every area of their lives. Seeking Him will help you examine yourself in light of Scripture. It will take you to God’s throne, where you’ll realize He alone can meet your deepest needs, and He alone is worthy of your worship. I highly recommend this work.

 

Sex and Money


Sex and Money: Pleasures That Leave You Empty and Grace That Satisfies

by Paul Tripp

I’ve come to count on Paul Tripp’s books to be biblical, Christ-centered, deep, engaging, and well-written. Sex and Money is no exception. Its insights into our cultural idolatries and God’s transforming grace are priceless.

 

Sex and the Supremacy of Christ

Sex and the Supremacy of Christ

by John Piper & Justin Taylor (Editors)

Sex is a wonderful gift from God; but it makes a terrible idol, brutal and unyielding in the misery it inflicts. These authors are a breath of fresh air, because unlike our culture’s self-proclaimed sexperts, they respect biblical authority and warmly embrace the Lordship of Christ. Hence, they can lift up the torch of divine truth and expose the enemy’s lies about sex that have penetrated not only the darkest corners of our culture, but of our churches. I pray Sex and the Supremacy of Christ will demonstrate to readers that Christ being Lord of all means that He must be Lord of all we think, say and do about sex...and that in His lordship we will find deliverance and joy.

 Sharing the Bread of Life

Sharing the Bread of Life

by Wentworth Pike

We have been entrusted with a message of incalculable value. Since it’s the most worthy message in the universe and we—inadequate though we be—are the chosen message-bearers, we should eagerly learn to convey it more effectively. Wentworth Pike has written an interesting and highly practical guide to communicating God’s truth. Sharing the Bread of Life is simple, well-written, helpful and Christ-honoring. I am glad to recommend it.

 

The  Shepherd's Voice

 

The Shepherd’s Voice

By Robin Lee Hatcher

In The Shepherd’s Voice, Robin Lee Hatcher entertains us with interesting characters and a moving story line. Along the way she skillfully leads us into a deeper awareness of God’s providence, guidance and love.

 

The Slumber of Christianity

 

Slumber of Christianity: Awakening a Passion for Heaven on Earth

by Ted Dekker

Ted Dekker writes with passion and insight...Listen to his wake-up call. Rise up from slumber...Then feel your heart flutter. Watch your perspective change. You’ll never regret the world you’ll wake up to-not in a billion years.

 

 

Spiritual WarfareSpiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization & Deliverance 

by Karl I. Payne

My friend Karl Payne has written a thoughtful book based on years of study of the Scriptures and personal experience counseling Christians under demonic influence and attack. You need not agree with all the author’s positions, but if you trust God’s Word then you are compelled to believe that there are powerful demonic spirits at work in the world, and that the goal of Satan, prince of demons, is to distract, deceive and devour us. Spiritual warfare is a reality, and the person most likely to lose the battle is the one least aware of it. I recommend Karl’s book to help you become more aware of our enemies’ strategies, and prepare yourself for spiritual combat. 

 

Splitting Heirs

Splitting Heirs: Giving Your Money and Things to Your Children Without Ruining Their Lives

by Ronald Blue

Inheritance is risky business, often damaging lives, marriages and children. Few of us bring an eternal perspective to leaving money behind or to handling unearned wealth. But God has entrusted us with His assets and we need to consider how best to invest them in eternity. Ron Blue sets our sights high, offering biblical and practical insights on a vital subject. Ron has written some fine books, but none more important or timely than this one.

 

 

The Splitting Storm

 

The Splitting Storm, Storm Series #1

by Rene Gutteridge

Rene Gutteridge is a fine writer who skillfully tells this story, driven by interesting characters and an intriguing plot. The Splitting Storm is a page-turner—it really held my interest.

 

 

 

Surprised by  Grace

 

Surprised By Grace: God's Relentless Pursuit of Rebels

by Tullian Tchividjian

Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels is a much-needed reminder that we should never get over the gospel, or try to move beyond it. The grace that saves is the grace that satisfies and empowers. Tullian’s book is gospel-saturated, Christ-exalting and soul-refreshing.

 

 

Surprised by Oxford: A Memoir

 

Surprised by Oxford- A Memoir

by Carolyn Weber

Carolyn Weber is a formidable intellect and a sought after college professor, as well as a great wife and mom. But what I love most about her is her heart, which you’ll find on every page of this book. Showing us the world through her eyes, she brings readers along on her journey to Oxford, where the unexpected awaited her. This is a journey worth taking, and as our guide, Carolyn is candid, insightful and charming.  

 

There's A Party In Heaven

There's A Party In Heaven

by Gary and Jan Bower

There's a Party in Heaven is a delightful little book for children.  It's beautiful, colorful, and overflowing with joy. I love the many passages of Scripture peppered throughout, and the clear presentation of the gospel at the end. My congratulations to Gary and Jan Bower on a job well done. 

 

 

Things Not Seen

 

Things Not Seen: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Trusting God's Promises

by Jon Bloom

Jon Bloom has an extraordinary gift for mining rare gems hidden in familiar Bible stories and characters. His insights are imaginative, biblical, and practical. Jon prompts readers to see with new eyes, examine their hearts and face life's challenges with renewed perspective and joy. I enthusiastically recommend Things Not Seen!

 

The Time Is Now: Why the Church Must Awaken and Respond...Before It's Too Late

by Ryan Dobbs

Ryan Dobbs writes with an urgency and passion I find refreshing. He’s a young man who recognizes not just America’s woes, but the underlying spiritual darkness and despondency within the church. It’s encouraging to read the words of someone who seeks to honor Christ not by rewriting Scripture, but by submitting to it. Ryan takes sin seriously, and believes in the true Jesus, full of grace and truth, the only Savior who can transform our hearts and deliver people from Hell to Heaven. You don’t have to agree with everything in this book in order to benefit from it. I’m glad to recommend The Time is Now.

 

Thriving At CollegeThriving At College: Make Great Friends, Keep Your Faith, and Get Ready for the Real World!

by Alex Chediak

Most Christian young people go to college without specific goals, and are unprepared for the challenges that await them. While some prosper spiritually, most get derailed, and an alarming number abandon their faith, probably because they didn’t have their own faith in the first place. Alex Chediak has written an insightful and useful book to help college-bound people know what to expect, how to prepare for it, and what to do to avoid the pitfalls. He offers great insights on everything from friendships to dating relationships to professors. Alex addresses  time and money management, character development, grades, work, rest and the danger of passivity. I enjoyed reading this well-written book, and recommend it wholeheartedly not only to young people but also to their parents and church leaders.

 

You're Not Alone

You're Not Alone: Healing Through God's Grace After Abortion

by Jennifer O’Neill

My heart was touched by You’re Not Alone. Though I’ve talked with, cried with, and written about women who’ve had abortions, I found Jennifer O’Neill’s story and insights to be fresh and compelling, a lifeline to those longing for hope and release (and those around them who need to understand). This book gently opens a window to what’s usually shrouded in darkness. The light that shines through is the grace of Jesus. Jennifer O’Neill portrays God as a compassionate healer, the divine Father and Husband who offers forgiveness to every woman who has suffered from abortion. I highly recommend this book

 

Total Abandon

 

Total Abandon: A Powerful Story of Life Lived in a Radical Devotion to God

by Gary Witherall and Elizabeth Cody Newenhuyse

Total Abandon is penetrating, honest and touching. It captures a passion for following Jesus. Bonnie Witherall’s martyrdom has touched many, but this book is about much more than her death. It’s a powerful story of God calling His people to serve, suffer, trust and find joy and purpose. May the story of Gary and Bonnie Witherall challenge, deepen and rekindle the fire of first love.

 

The  Travels of Messenger

 

The Travels of Messenger

by Ron Grant, & Warren Dicianni
 
Five inspiring stories woven into one, The Travels of Messenger is really the story of a faithful God who calls and empowers his children. With freshness, simplicity and passion, the DiCiannis familiarize us with heroes of the faith whose footsteps we can follow.

 

Truth Quest Survival Guide

 

Truth Quest Survival Guide: The Quest Begins

by Steve Keels & Dan Vorm

Clear without being superficial. Relevant without being lightweight. This study isn’t cutsie relevant, it’s solid relevant. It’s full of straightforward good theology that students can really chew on. My friends Steve Keels and Dan Vorm skillfully communicate God’s life-changing truth in this excellent book. I highly recommend it.

 

Two  Hearts Praying As One

 Two Hearts Praying as One

by Dennis & Barbara Rainey

Dennis and Barbara Rainey’s powerful work with marriages begins with their own. They’ve prayed together daily for many years. Prayer is drawing strength from Almighty God. Every marriage needs this strength, which is why every couple will benefit from this book. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

 

Unspoken

 

Unspoken 

by Angela Hunt

In Unspoken you’ll meet my girl Sema, one of the most unforgettable characters I’ve ever encountered. She will touch your heart and expand the horizons of your mind. As for Angie Hunt...well, she’s a stinky nut. To appreciate that complement, you’ll have to read this captivating book!

 

What's In the Bible?What's in the Bible? #1: In the Beginning, DVD

by Phil Vischer

While on a recent family vacation I pulled out an advance DVD of the first episodes of Phil Vischer’s What’s in the Bible. I asked my five year old grandson Matthew if he wanted to watch something by the guy who created Veggie Tales. Of course he did. So we watched it together, and watched it again the next day and the next, bonus features and all, until the day we had to leave. Matthew is now a devoted fan of Buck Denver and the other characters.
 
I was impressed with the depth of biblical background and commentary on God’s great drama of redemption. Yet it’s so engaging to children and adults (namely me) that it remained fun and entertaining throughout. My grandson retained a great deal of the material, bringing it up days later. What a remarkable combination of entertainment and biblical substance. I envision parents learning God’s Word right alongside their children, leading to spiritually significant conversations, and heightened interest in Bible study, something we desperately need. I applaud Phil Vischer’s efforts, and eagerly look forward to watching more of What’s in the Bible with my grandchildren…and, when they’re not available, maybe by myself!

 

What's So Great About Christianity?


What's So Great About Christianity

by Dinesh D’Souza

Dinesh D’Souza writes as well as he thinks. What’s So Great about Christianity? is unapologetic about its insistence on truth. Yet it’s winsome, not grouchy, like some of the atheist books, whose authors are so angry at the God they don’t believe in. Dinesh thoughtfully offers clear evidences and grounds for faith that refute the arguments Christians are inundated with in a post-Christian culture. I’m glad to recommend this engaging and strategic book.

 

When the Hurt Runs Deep

 

When the Hurt Runs Deep: Healing and Hope for Life's Desperate Moments

by Kay Arthur

Kay Arthur’s When the Hurt Runs Deep: Healing and Hope for Life’s Desperate Moments is a beautiful blend of grace and truth. It’s clear, compassionate, biblically grounded and Christ-centered. As usual, Kay’s words honor and declare God’s Word, which alone can bear the weight of our trust. I’m happy to recommend this outstanding book.

 

Worship  MattersWorship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God 

by Bob Kauflin

Bob Kauflin has written an amazingly rich and wise book on worship. It is biblical, Christ-honoring, relevant, practical, enjoyable and everything else I could have asked for. It’s full of tested insights, coming out of the author’s disciplined contemplation and long experience as a leader among worship leaders. I know and respect Bob, and have thoroughly enjoyed following his lead in worshipping our Lord. Bob lives what he writes, so his emphasis on character, integrity and humility has credibility. I enthusiastically recommend this book to all who wish to cultivate in our churches deeper and more Christ-centered worship.

 

When Sinners Say I Do

 

When Sinners Say I Do: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

by Dave Harvey

My friend Dave Harvey has written a wonderful book. When Sinners Say I Do is honest, refreshing, practical, and above all biblical. These carefully written pages spill over with truth and grace. This book is liberating, Christ-centered and hope-filled, pointing the way to God-empowered marriage. I’m delighted to recommend it.

 

Winner Take All

 

Winner Take All

by T. Davis Bunn

Authentic, compelling and skillfully plotted, Winner Take All is a top notch legal drama. Davis Bunn has done it again!

 

 

WorldlinessWorldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World 

Foreword by John Piper; Contributors Bob Kauflin, Jeff Purswell, Craig Cabaniss; Edited by C. J. Mahaney

C. J. Mahaney and friends, men I trust, have written an excellent treatment of a vital and recently neglected subject. The difference between the world and the church is eroding at an alarming rate, and we need help with holiness. This book is biblically grounded and Christ-centered, full of grace and truth. Every chapter raises the bar of Christian living without falling into legalism. Worldliness is one of the most timely and much-needed books I’ve read in years. I highly recommend it.

 

XXV: 25 Leadership Keys For the Generation That Will End Abortion


XXV: 25 Leadership Keys For the Generation That Will End Abortion

by Michael Fichter

Michael Fichter has written a wise and practical guide for young prolifers who want to be abortion abolitionists, accomplishing what we have always been told is impossible. May the God who hates the shedding of innocent blood use this book to inspire and guide the next generation to do what we have not—end the legal killing of children.

 

 Your God Is Too Safe

Your God Is Too Safe

by Mark Buchanan

“C. S. Lewis said ‘Aslan is not a tame lion,’ and Mark Buchanan shows us what that means. The undemanding God-in-the-bottle genie who exists to serve us is a modern heresy. It’s the God of the Bible who calls the shots. We are servants of a fierce King, who is gracious, but never manageable. Your God is too Safe reminds us what it means that Jesus is God—and we’re not! Dangerous faith in our untamed Savior leads us to the joy we crave. The breath of life rises off the pages of this book.

 

Randy Alcorn, founder of EPM

Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over fifty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries

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